EDITORIAL: Avoid wildlife woes

What remains troubling, despite the best efforts to educate the public about bear safety, more and more bear/human encounters are occurring.

Bears are a serious concern in many areas of Mission. Sightings are common.

What remains troubling, despite the best efforts to educate the public about bear safety, more and more bear/human encounters are occurring.

And the fault lies with humans.

We have slowly encroached into bears’ territory, building more homes in the wilderness, leaving animals little choice but to step into our corner of the world.

Worse than that, some people put out a welcome mat, ring the dinner bell and all but invite the animals to come over.

Bears are foragers, always on the look out for food, and garbage is an easy-to-find and easy-to-eat food source.

People are attracting bears to their property by leaving out their garbage, then calling conservation officers when the creatures comes around.

WildSafeBC, formally Bear Aware, has asked Mission council to consider a bylaw that makes it an offence, punishable by a fine, to put garbage out at any time other than the morning of pick-up day.

The only exception would be if garbage was placed in bear-proof containers.

It’s unfortunate that the public cannot see the obvious benefit of keeping trash under wraps until garbage day. However, many don’t, and a fine may be the only way to convince them to change their habits.

Wild animals are not going to change their natural instincts, so it’s up to us to solve the problems.

Bears usually avoid contact with humans, but the smörgåsbord that we often supply is too tempting to resist.

Cut off the food supply and cut down the problem.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Man in mid-20s killed in targeted shooting in Abbotsford

Location of shooting the same as where innocent bystander Ping Shun Ao killed in 2015

Fraser Health asking taxpayers for millions more in health care capital funding

Health authority wants Fraser Valley taxpayers to triple annual contribution to $5.75 million

Downtown Mission: Ready to revitalize

With the bidding process underway, construction could start by mid-March

‘Compassion club’ operator loses bid to have pot-trafficking charges thrown out

Bob Woolsey of Mission argues that laws were not valid at the time of alleged offences

Location eyed for possible collector well

New estimate puts price tag of new water source at $81 million

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Giants fall in six-round shootout

Visiting Victoria squad beats Vancouver 4-3 at Langley Events Centre

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Most Read